Archives for September 2012

Cayenne S Diesel and 911 Carrera

Posted on Sunday, September 30, 2012

From this autumn, Porsche taking orders for the new version of Cayenne, which has the designation S Diesel. It has a 4.2-liter eight-cylinder diesel engine, equipped with a pair of turbines, giving out 382 hp.Torque striking impression - the peak of 850 Nm is available in a range of 2000-2750 rpm. And 80% of the time are in the range 1800-3500 rpm. Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h at S Diesel takes 5.7 seconds (0.2 seconds faster than the petrol S-version) and a top speed electronically limited to 252 km/h. Indicators accelerating dynamics at the level of petrol 420-strong eight models GTS.

But thus average fuel consumption on the European cycle NEFZ practically nothing — 8,3 l/100 km (against 10,7 at GTS). This means only one thing, that the model range at full-capacity 100-liter tank is neither more nor less - 1,200 km.

Sales of Porsche Cayenne S Diesel will start around the world almost simultaneously - in January 2013. In Germany, the price starts at 77,684 euro.

Porsche 911 Carrera 4

In addition, Porsche unveiled in Paris 911 Carrera wheel drive. The default engine rear-wheel and front axle torque is transmitted on demand with high-speed (closed for 100 milliseconds) multi-disc clutch, electronically controlled. With the advent of all-wheel drive for the 911 Carrera was available active cruise control PAS (Porsche Active Safe), capable urgently stop the car in case of an emergency.

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Audi RS5 Cabrio at Paris Auto Show

Posted on Saturday, September 29, 2012

Audi at the Paris Auto show presented a new RS5 Cabrio. Engine - atmospheric 4.2-liter FSI V8. Power - 450 horsepower. Torque - 430 Nm. Transmission - seven-step robot S tronic, working with a pair of clutches. The drive, of course - full. Crown limited slip differential by default divides the torque between the axles in the ratio of 40:60. But, depending on the conditions, it is able to transfer to the front axle and 70, and on the back - up to 85% thrust. 


All this allows to achieve 100 km/h for 4.9 seconds only. But further acceleration is not sour - 200 km/h on the speedometer after only 12 seconds after the start. Top speed is limited to 250 km/h, but if you itching, manufacturer and dealers are able to move this line to 280 km/h.


Convertible top RS 5 Cabrio opens in 15 seconds and closes - for 17. And this is possible at speeds up to 55 kilometers per hour. Paraphernalia, certifying personality RS 5 Cabrio, - gray front spoiler match with frame windshield and mirrors, as well as standard 19-inch wheels with forged aluminum disks (optionally available 20-inch).

In Germany, the convertible starts at € 88 500. It goes on sale right after the Paris debut.  


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Crosslane Coupe at Paris Auto Show

Posted on Friday, September 28, 2012

Audi at the Paris motor show demonstrated own vision of future crossover. And it should be a cheerful, aggressive, sporty, technological and economic. Basis crosslane coupe - spatial structure Multimaterial Space Frame, which consists of an aluminum alloy, carbon fiber-reinforced and reinforced polymer GFRP. Protecting passengers cell of welded aluminum profiles, front and rear zones, taking a blow in the accident, as well as the central tunnel, carbon fiber floor and sills. Plumage - polymer. Because of this, a lot of conceptual hybrid managed to hold at 1390 kg, despite the fact that it has on-board lithium-ion traction battery.


Audi crosslane coupe - is plug-in hybrid which battery can be recharged from a household electrical outlet or toll-phase 380-volt terminals. The power plant consists of a 1.5-liter supercharged three-cylinder TFSI engine with direct injection (130 h.p and 200 Nm), and the motor-generator (68 h.p and 210 Nm). The hybrid in the mixed cycle provides profitability only 1,1 liters on 100 kilometers of a way and CO2 it emits only 26 grams per kilometer.


It can not be called a wimp, acceleration to 100 km/h - 8.6 seconds in mixed mode and 9.8 - in electric. The electric Crosslane coupe can move at speeds up to 130 km/h After that, turn the main source of mechanical energy becomes three-cylinder engine, but during intense acceleration motor could still be included in the work.

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Citroen C-Elysee at Paris Auto Show

Citroen held an official presentation of the new C-Elysee sedan at the Paris Auto Show. The car is a notch below the other sedan C4L, also presented at the auto show, and is 4.43 m long, 1.7 m wide and 1.47 m high with a wheelbase of 2.65 m. Depending on a complete set of Citroen C-Elysee it will be offered in seven color options of a body with the chromeplated details. In addition, the developers have promised to adapt the car to Russian conditions, which, among other things, involves heating the bottom of the windshield, as well as the engine under. 


For it's class Citroen C-Elysee different good equipment. The list of options includes air conditioning with digital display, parking sensors, cruise control, MP3-radio, ABS and ESP. Also, French take in attention and the love of customers to big luggage - volume of it at C-Elysee makes 506 liters.


There is a question: whether there will be C-Elysee the competitor of Peugeot 301 shown still in May, 2012 and being the direct relative of model? Perhaps, to speak about the competition of two brands being a part of one concern, is not necessary. First, cars for certain will carry on different price categories though C-Elysee cost yet isn't called. And secondly, Citroen costs slightly above, thanks to some materials of furnish and available options. Generally, if Peugeot 301 — is unequivocally budgetary sedan, C-Elysee - is rather the budgetary sedan plus. Whether will acquit itself such choice of the French company, will show only time. Sales of Citroen C-Elysee will begin in 2013.

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Volvo V40 Cross Country

Premiere hatchback Volvo V40 in the version Cross Country at the Paris Motor Show was a bit unexpected. The fact that the original from the Swedish manufacturer expecting another novelty - a crossover XC40. But, apparently, it was decided to reserve this car for future auto show. And what about the Volvo V40 Cross Country? For a start we hasten to disappoint - this car can be called off-road only conditional. However, car is well suited for country weekends and trips to the country. 


Judge: ground clearance increased by 40 mm compared to the normal version, in addition, bumpers and sills have special protection. The engine line-V40 Cross Country will be completely different from the V40, except for the base 1.6-liter engine with 150 h.p


Unfortunately, the drive on most versions will be front and all-wheel drive transmission will be available only with the 2.5-liter turbocharged engine with 254 h.p In general, the Volvo does not hide the fact that the main buyers of the car live in Europe. Production of Volvo V40 Cross Country promise to begin in November 2012.

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Lexus in Paris: the new coupe LF-CC

Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2012

At the Paris Auto Show the company showed a new concept Lexus LF-CC. The two-door coupe reflects the release of a new production model, which will replace the IS350. The novelty has adopted many features of a sports hybrid concept LF-LC demonstrated at the Detroit International Auto Show and demonstrates further development of design philosophy Lexus L-finesse. It's necessary to note a volume lattice in the form of a spindle, three LED lights mounted on the heat-resistant coating in the narrow gap between the top and bottom of the front wing, aerodynamic wings, strongly inclined windscreen, as well as special aerodynamic elements - fins. The car body is painted in a new color Fluid Titanium. Dimensions of the concept are typical for this class of machine: 4660 × 1375 × 1840 mm, wheelbase 2730 mm.

In the interior of the car bet is placed on the development of the philosophy HMI - human-machine interaction. Thus, the instrument panel is divided into two zones, the upper of which is equipped with a screen with the ability to output multiple image types, and the bottom provides access to the gear position. But really the key word for the interior Lexus LF-CC - this, of course, a touch screen. Finally, note the widespread use in the decoration of metal and soft plastics.

As for the power plant, the creators made Lexus LF-CC hybrid. The car has received a combination of 2.5-liter petrol engine and an electric motor with permanent magnets cooled to operate from a nickel-metal hydride batteries. The engine is paired with a stepless variator E-CVT and all-wheel drive.

Power and dynamic performance of the car is not known. However, such a policy is clear - the fact that the output of serial next-generation Lexus IS is not far off. Though representatives of the company refuse to designate exact date of emergence of a novelty, it's known that the car will show in 2013 on one of the largest auto shows, most probable of which is the motor show in Detroit.

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Audi A3 Sportback at Paris Auto Show

At the Paris Auto Show Audi demonstrated a new generation five-door A3 Sportback. At length the car is 4310 mm, width 1780 mm and 1425 in height. Wheelbase - 2636 mm, which is 58 mm longer than it's predecessor and - 35 mm than the current three-door version. The luggage compartment - 380 liters (previously 350), if we add back of rear seat (split 60:40), the volume will increase to 1,220 liters.With the transition to the new platform MQB A3 Sportback dropped as much as 90 kg compared with the previous generation. 


For example, the version with the 1.4 TFSI engine has a curb weight (without driver) just 1205 kg. Gasoline engines - of 1.2, 1.4, 1.8 and 2.0 liters (power range - 105-177 h.p) and diesel 2.0 - with two degrees of boosting - 150 and 180 hp. Presumably A3 Sportback get the little turbo 1.6, which will consume only 3.8 liters per 100 kilometers. In addition, there will be a version that will be able to operate on natural gas.


All engines in the new A3 Sportback will be available in a couple with a standard six-speed manual transmission. Seven-speed S tronic with dual clutch option. Versions equipped with powerful engines can be ordered with all-wheel drive transmission, quattro. The front wheel drive by default, rear - are connected with multi-plate clutch Haldex fourth generation. 

In the 2014 range of engines supplemented plugin hybrid, which can be charged from a household outlet. The new A3 Sportback will go on sale in Europe early next year, starting with Germany. The initial cost € 22 500.

An optional offered package is S line, which involves unobtrusive kit of spoilers. He also includes the original sport seats, larger diameter wheels and underestimated by 20 mm suspension that has stiffer springs and dampers.

Equipment - six airbags, advanced ESP, automatically brakes the car after the impact in a crash, active cruise control. As option will be available in full diode adaptive light, which debuted a couple of years ago on the A8. Electronics is not only able to switch the light from the near to the far corners and light, but also to adapt to different conditions. For example, in the light beam is wider (maximum captures the urban environment), and on the road speed increases light output and has narrowed further. Will be in the new A3 and panoramic roof, and advanced multimedia MMI with firm touch panel integrated in the puck controls located on the center console. Thin multimedia display leaves the depths of the central console with an electric motor.

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Preparing Your Car for the Winter

Preparation is extremely important when it comes to driving during the different seasons of the year and this is especially true in the run up to winter. You’ve already spent a lot of money on the vehicle, either in cash or maybe you bought it using car finance, so you want to take care of it! Preparing your car for the winter is a must for a variety of reasons. Firstly, you are likely to encounter freezing conditions and this can cause a number of problems for your car. You need to ensure that your car is safe to drive on the slippery, icy roads that you will no doubt experience during the winter. Aside from preparing yourself for the these somewhat compromising driving conditions, you have to prepare your car as well. Being prepared will help save you a lot of trouble and more importantly, help to prevent accidents from occurring.

If you are unable to do basic car maintenance yourself, always take your car to a qualified and reliable mechanic. It is best to have your car thoroughly checked before the winter season is in full swing if at all possible, especially if you have an old car. The battery, brakes, thermostat and heater are a few top priorities. The tires also need to be checked for tread as worn tires will be no good in the icy conditions. You can buy special winter tires but most other tires will be fine so long as  the tread is at least 3mm deep. In terms of road safety and accident prevention, your brakes and tires are your top priority. Road surfaces are slippery and treacherous when winter sets in.

It is also advisable that you wash your car before the winter and then apply a coating of wax. This will help to prevent corrosion during the winter season. Salt is usually placed on the road on a regular basis to neutralize the slippery conditions of the winter roads and this can cause corrosion and damage to your car. Washing and rinsing your car on a regular basis will minimize this potential damage to the paintwork and the exterior. Being diligent in this area will pay off in the long run.

 Another important aspect of your car that many people often neglect is the windshield/windscreen wipers. You might find that your standard wipers are not suitable for the winter season. If at all possible, it is best to secure winter wipers to prepare for the winter. Winter wipers are capable of clearing the heavy snow that may gather on your windscreen. It also pays to check that the wiper nozzles are clean and nothing is blocking them. You need the wiper fluid to reach your windshield or windscreen as quickly as possible in order to allow you to easily clear the snow.

If you follow the points we've mentioned in this article, you should be able to cope much more easily during the winter. Remember, preparing your car for winter involves preparing both the inside and outside of your car. Remember to have snow tires if possible (mainly for those living in climates with harsh winters) and check those brakes. Safety is the most important aspect of your preparations.

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Suzuki S-Cross at Paris Auto Show

Today on the Paris Auto Show Suzuki company showed a prototype of future crossover — the novelty received name S-Cross. It's interesting that S-Cross won't replace the current Suzuki models, but will add scale, standing between compact SX4 and larger Grand Vitara. On length (4310 mm) S-Cross concedes to popular Volkswagens Tiguan and Kia Sportage, but the wheel base (2600 mm) is comparable to competitors that hints an acceptable stock of a place behind. Plus Japanese promise one of the biggest luggage carrier in a segment. 

Design S-Cross is hardly remarkable. Corporate identity in Suzuki barely formed - all models are different, but there S-Cross have attractive face something vaguely resembling a sedan Kizashi. Of course, the 20-inch wheels, which sports a concept car, will be replaced on production version a more down to earth.

Suzuki promises bring S-Cross to the conveyor in the next year, but there is no information about the technique, except that in Suzuki promise a new generation all-wheel drive transmission. Of course, S-Cross also will receive and automatic transmission.

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Opel Adam before Paris Auto Show

Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2012

In Europe, with it's narrow streets small car Adam, for sure, will be in high demand. And the fact that Opel Adam is really small, make no mistake. It's length is 3.7 m, then it turns out that it's the smallest in the range of Opel - for comparison, Opel Corsa, which also can not be called a big car, has from nose to tail, 4 meters. From the technical point of view here everything is standard. Front suspension - MacPherson strut, rear - beam. 


Power steering - electromechanical, engine while there will be three. The base 1.2-liter engine produces 70 h.p and a 1.4-liter unit develops 87 h.p or 100 h.p depending on the version. A little later, promise to start production of cars with the latest three-cylinder supercharged engine. In this case, while engines will be offered only with manual transmission using a stop-start system and the automatic transmission is not available for Adam. This is understandable - the Europeans do not usually buy small cars with automatic transmission.

And if technical point of view is traditional, the interior design of the car buyer can choose. Opel already has three design versions. The first, called Jam will be for fashion people - bright colors design, youth style and so on. Opel Adam Glam - is more elegant cars, with slightly cooler colors. And Slam - is for sport fans. By the way, the buyer can choose another color and interior trim. And, in this case it's not only the seats but also the color of the plastic in the cabin. In addition, it will be possible to paint the roof alone! In general, in the case of Opel Adam build your own car would be fairly simple.

Europe Opel Adam will get a very decent equipment. Already in the database machine has six airbags, stabilization system, 16-inch wheels. A list of options is an automatic parking system, heated steering wheel, a multimedia complex called IntelliLink, which can be integrated with the iPhone or smartphones based on Android. The last thing is very interesting - it can help to the big screen in the center of the front panel display the data of the navigation system. Moreover, the one uploaded to the phone. This automatically solves the problem of map updates. Yes, and your favorite music can also be listened to without any problems.

Prices for the model will be announced very soon.

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